Category: Politics

Kenya poll official quits, says election not ‘credible’

by Fran Blandy Agence France-Presse One of Kenya’s top election officials quit Wednesday in a searing statement accusing her colleagues of political bias and saying an upcoming presidential election could not be credible. The resignation of one of seven poll commissioners is the latest dramatic twist to an election process that has plunged the East African nation into its worst political crisis in a decade. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee […]

Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

by Daniel Silva and Diego Urdaneta Agence France-Presse BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) – Protesters flocked to Barcelona on Sunday wrapped in Spanish flags to rally against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum. Catalans calling themselves a “silent majority” opposed to leaving Spain broke their silence after a week of mounting anxiety over Spain’s worst political crisis in a generation. Hundreds of people gathered on the city’s Urquinaona square waving red and […]

Anger in Singapore as no election for president

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singaporeans Tuesday poured scorn on the process to select their new president after an establishment figure was deemed the only eligible candidate, meaning no election will be held. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the city-state’s Muslim Malay minority, will be the first woman to hold the largely ceremonial role if — as expected — she is formally nominated to the presidency Wednesday. But the 63-year-old will avoid an election […]

Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc. (PGCA)

Ang Phillippine Guidance and Counseling Association ay dating kilala sa pangalang Philippine Guidance and Personnel Association, Inc. Nasa pamamatnugot ito ng PRC, mayroon ng dalawangpu’t limang chapters ang organisasyon na ito sa bansa. Isa sa mga layunin ng kanilang organisasyon  ay upang pasiglahin, i-promote, at suportahan ang pananaliksik at iba pang mga propesyonal na gawain na makakatulong sa pagpapabuti ng patnubay at pagpapayo at edukasyon. Kaya sa mga bagay na ito, marami na silang natanggap […]

Syrian conflict risks becoming more complex: analyst

(Reuters) — Both the United States and Russia have made clear that they have been trying to avoid getting drawn deeper into the Syrian conflict, a Syrian analyst said Tuesday. Despite the efforts to reach a political settlement for the Syrian crisis, the situation on the ground has grown increasingly complex over the past few months. In mid-March, Syrian government forces and the opposition engaged in the most intense fighting in almost a year in […]

Approve or Reject? Let the Commission on Appointments decide!

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The Commission on Appointments (CA) last Wednesday, March 8, rejected the appointment of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. for failing to disclose the status of his citizenship before the committee. During his confirmation hearing last February 22, Yasay said he never legally acquired an American citizenship because when it was issued to him on November 1986, the foreign citizenship was “null and void.” “I was disqualified from acquiring US […]

Information wants to be free!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 10) – As of January of 2016, the total population of the Philippines reached 101,498,763 and the Bureau of Internal Revenue  Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Nelson Aspe noted that thirty percent or thirty million of which are registered taxpayers. Taxes serve as the main source of our country’s revenue. Individual tax – along with other forms of taxes – is the fuel used by the Philippine government to support each and every […]

What is habeas data?

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 10) – Senator Leila De Lima filed a petition for  Writ of Habeas Data against President Rodrigo Duterte but before we react, do we know what a Writ of Habeas Data? Habeas Data is a remedy available to any person whose right to privacy in life, liberty or security is violated or threatened by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity engaged […]

SC greenlights Marcos Burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 10) – Finally, after six petitions and two deferments because of status quo ante order, the Supreme Court gives the green light to the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. There had been various talks, opinions and reactions regarding this matter. Many anti-Marcos groups expressed their vehement objections even before former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada showed an early interest on pursuing the […]

SK 101

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 22) – After a 3-year lapse, the youth council Sangguniang Kabataan or SK was supposed to make its comeback. The Sangguniang Kabataan is a youth leadership organization with the purpose of ingraining on the young Filipinos the good qualities of being a leader, especially on the local government or grass-root level. The smallest political unit of the government – the barangay – is the seat of the SK. Each barangay has one. […]

The Senate makes a smart move

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 21) – Sen. Leila De Lima has been replaced by Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The motion was moved by Sen. Manny Pacquio yesterday following the privilege speech of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano regarding how De Lima is destroying the country by leading the investigation on extrajudicial killings which is directly linking President Duterte’s war on drugs. The motion garnered […]